“In that day,” declares the Lord, “I will gather the lame; I will assemble the exiles and those I have brought to grief. I will make the lame a remnant, those driven away a strong nation. The Lord will rule over them in Mount Zion from that day and forever.”
Lately I have been reflecting on the nature of the Kingdom of God as it is described in the Scriptures. The more I have thought about it the clearer it is becoming to me that what the Bible has been pointing us to is a Spiritual, Eternal Kingdom which is centred upon a living faith relationship with the King, the Lord Jesus Christ. As John Calvin describes it in his Sermons on the Book of Micah (2003 by P & R Publishing Company, Translated by Benjamin Wirt Farley) “And why is that? Because we do not truly believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Master of the entire world. He is God the Father’s heir of the universe, as the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews calls Him [Hebrews 1:2], in order that we might participate in His inheritance.” Calvin tells us that we don’t enjoy the fruit of the Kingdom of God, most notably peace on account of the fact that we have rejected Christ through our unbelief. Calvin writes later on the same page (219) this thought. “From the fact that humanity rejects Christ’s reign in its midst; thus we are forced to witness the absence of God’s authority among us.” This is worked out in our lives through the fears we face.
We fear the loss of the security that we are building for ourselves. Micah Confronts this in his prophesies. We are in the process of creating a worldly security that will give us peace and safety in this worldly life, as well as giving us a hope for the future life. It is all built upon those things which we can do for ourselves. Ultimately we find ourselves fearing death. How will we be able to stand before the living God at our death? Job asks the question this way. “How can a mortal man be right with God?” (Job 9:2) Deep within we know that we are in fact alienated from God. In our fear we seek to accomplish all manner of things which will extend our lives and which will stand us in good stead when we do die.
The Bible calls us to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who freely gave His life as the sacrifice of atonement that will reconcile us to God. On account of His cross we, by faith receive freedom from the fear of death. It must be received by faith. This means that we recognise that He is in fact God in human flesh who has come to give us the one way that makes us right with God. He, in fact, is the answer to Job’s question. He can only be received by faith. This means that we live in a constant state of believing that He is the one who answers the deepest questions and fears of our lives. In faith we must turn away from everything else that we might trust in. In faith we receive Him as our righteousness.
Do you believe in Jesus?